Sunday, November 17, 2019

Empire Opera: Celebrate Christmas 7:30 PM, Thursday, December 19

January 2020
Don't miss this special recital featuring:

Chantelle Grant, mezzo soprano

Waundell Saavedra, bass

Lara Ryan, soprano

More info TBA

Celebrate Christmas!

Join us for an evening of opera scenes and Carols from around the world.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:30PM
Norwegian Seamen's Church
317 E 52nd St
New York, NY 10022

Suggested Donation: $20
Children 12 and under always FREE


SONG LEAVES is a new collection for bass voice and piano.  The poetry is from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.  
2019 is the 200th Anniversary year of Whitman's birth.  Get a copy for Christmas and celebrate Whitman's poetry in this new work composed by Waundell Saavedra with Tor Morten Kjøsnes, pianist.
To be released December 2019.
See the perks offered in the Indiegogo fundraising campaign here:

Godwin Sadoh: World Premiere Concert Tour in Chicago

Godwin Sadoh

Renee Baker

Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

First Baptist Church of Chicago

Godwin Sadoh writes:

Dear Bill,
         The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project under the direction of Renee Baker, will be performing the World Premiere of my Potpourri for Chamber Orchestra, in a Chicago Concert Tour:

Venue: First Baptist Church of Chicago, 935 E 50th St, Chicago, Illinois.
Dates:  Dec 15, 2019         (Global Holiday Musical)
           April 5,  2020          (Be Not Silent)
           June 21, 2020         (Open Road of Innovation)
Time:   12:00PM

Godwin Sadoh.

Sergio Mims: Wayne Marshall to Conduct Bernstein's "A White House Cantata"

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Conductor Wayne Marshall announced on his Facebook page that he will be conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's A White House Cantata next summer at Ravinia Music Festival outside Chicago on Thursday, July 30.

The work was adapted from music and songs from the 1976 Broadway musical 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with music Bernstein wrote with lyrics from Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady, Camelot). The play only lasted 7 performances and both Bernstein and Lerner disappointed by the failure of the play they stated at the time that there would be no cast recording of the work.

However according to the New York Times,  A White House Cantata retains 90 minutes of the two hours of music from “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” and was shaped by Charlie Harmon, the former music editor of the Bernstein estate, and Sid Ramin, an original orchestrator of the show. Their purpose was to rescue Bernstein’s music and Lerner’s lyrics from a clunky book overburdened with sermonizing about race relations".

"The score is Bernstein at his most exuberant and all-embracing. Identifiable in it are anthems, ballads, blues, calypso, drinking songs, Dixieland, torch songs, waltzes, jazz, hymns, spirituals, marches and a cappella barbershop harmonies".

Sergio Mims: Sheku Kanneh-Mason CD of Elgar Cello Concerto coming out in Jan.

Sergio A. Mims writes:

The world acclaimed sensation cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has recently announced that his new Decca recording of Elgar Cello Concerto will be released in January 2020. On the recording he is joined with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the orchestra's music director Sir Simon Rattle.

The full list of the tracks on the recording is:

1. Trad. – ‘Blow The Wind Southerly’*
2. Elgar – ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations*
3. Elgar – ‘Cello Concerto In E Minor’
4. Elgar – ‘Romance In D minor’*
5. Bridge – ‘Spring Song’*
6. Trad. – ‘Scarborough Fair’* (with Plinio Fernandes)
7. Bloch – ‘Prélude’
8. Bloch – ‘Prayer’ (with Braimah Kanneh-Mason)
9. Fauré – ‘Élégie In C Minor’*
10. Klengel – ‘Hymnus For 12 Cellos’

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Bibian Kalinde Assumes VP Role at IMI

IMI Charting New Horizons with the
USA-Artists Exchange Program

Dr. Bibian Kalinde appointed as Vice-President, Africa Affairs. Dr. Leon Burke to lead efforts with a new Zambia National Youth Orchestra. Dr. Richard Alston joins IMI Artists roster.

Dr. Bibian Kalinde, DMus., MMus., BAEd Music

The Intercultural Music Initiative (IMI) is very pleased to welcome Bibian Kalinde on board as Vice President – Africa Affairs. Dr. Kalinde will help  coordinate IMI operations relating to its USA-Africa Artists Exchange program and serve as IMI liaison as the organization continues to  lend some resources toward developing, guiding and shaping arts programming and education policies around Africa. Towards this goal, Dr. Kalinde will work in concert with IMI Program Director Dr. Wendy Hymes, IMI Treasurer Mr. Hector Arocha (a USA Certified Internal Auditor), IMI Board Chair Mr. Abdoulaye Sambou, IMI President and world-renowned composer Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke (“FredO”) through organization head office at the Centene Center for Arts & Education here in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.

Dr. Kalinde and her beloved University of Zambia (UNZA) Choir. 
At one of UNZA Choir's concerts, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda (a known avid music lover), simply couldn't resist joining in the performance!

Dr. Kalinde hails from Zambia, and is on faculty in the Department of Music Education at the University of Zambia, Lusaka. Her credentials are stellar, including accolades as Zambia's first  female doctorate degree holder in the field of music education. She received her Doctor of Music degree from the University of Pretoria. South Africa, and since then has written extensively on music education, with academic papers presented at various international conferences including "Musical Globalization: Inferences from the Music of Diamond Platinum," "Fostering Children’s Music in the Mother Tongue in Early Childhood Education," "Laying a Foundation for Optimal Outcomes in Early Childhood Education" (with Dr. E. Musanka), to list just a few. Her current research focuses on the role of African folklore themed musicals as a tool for cognitive learning and early childhood education. An experienced choral director and clinician, Dr. Kalinde is also the founding music director of the University of Zambia Choir, and hopefully will leverage her position to attract American choral directors to Zambia for short-term artist residencies. She recently became involved in Africa Sings, an annual international choral festival event founded and mentored by the Intercultural Music Initiative.

Bibian at the awe-inspiring St. Louis Gateway Arch during a recent familiarization visit to the United States.

Bibian at her favorite Ethiopian cafe in Lusaka

Off the bat, Dr. Kalinde will be working with St. Louis orchestra conductor, Maestro Leon Burke, to schedule auditions during the summer of 2020 to recruit musicians to form the new Zambia National Youth Orchestra. Next up would be to facilitate participation of American music scholars and performers in the Pan African Society for Music Education (PASMAE) conference in 2021. She will also be working collaboratively with the IMI development staff to source international funding to support  the USA-Africa Artists Exchange projects. Bibian is a mother of three adorable children - Gustav, Pascal and Rehema. Dr. Kalinde can be reached by email  at

Dr. Leon Burke, III.

Dr. Burke III is Conductor and Music Director of the University City Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri, and also serves as Principal Conductor for the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Assistant Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and often guest-conducts for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. A native St. Louisan, Dr. Leon Burke holds music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Kansas. He has conducted at the Aspen Music Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and has studied with such distinguished conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, and Jorge Mester. This year Dr. Burke celebrates 30 years as a Principal Conductor for the Asunción Symphony and celebrations in Paraguay and St. Louis, Missouri are planned. Maestro Burke's collaboration with the IMI dates back to the year 2000 when he conducted his University City Symphony Orchestra and mass choir from Webster University, Harris-Stowe University Choir, and erstwhile St. Louis African Chorus in the US Premiere of Akin Euba's opera, Chaka: An Opera in Two Chants. Since then Maestro Burke has premiered numerous orchestra works by leading black composers of classical music, including Fred Onovwerosuoke's Suite No. 4 for Orchestra ("Nketia Suite"), and Nkeiru Okoye's Harriet Tubman, and others. In 2020 through 2021 Dr. Burke will be working collaboratively with new IMI Vice President - Africa Affairs Dr. Bibian Kalinde, the British Council, and a variety of agencies  to schedule auditions for musicians into the new Zambia National Youth Orchestra. This engagement in Zambia will be Maestro Burke's first excursion into Africa under the auspices of the USA-Africa Artists Exchange.

IMI Artists welcomes pianist Richard Alston to its roster

Dr. Richard Alston
In addition to performing solo and concerto repertoire, Dr. Alston performs a much acclaimed lecture-recital "Classically Black: Piano Compositions by Composers of African Descent"  at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. His Lecture/Recitals showcase piano compositions by composers of African descent from the 1700s to 2018.
Recent recitals include
performances at The
Neighborhood Center
in Camden's  Concert
Series in Camden, NJ.,
Westminster Choir
College, Rutgers
University, Kentucky
State University, New
Jersey City University,
Drew University,
Boston University, and
the University of Tulsa.
IMI Artists can be
booked by phone at
314-289-4052 or email

Pianist Richard Alston performs 
American composer Louis 
Gottschalk's "Grand 

50th G.L.A.M. Annual Memorial Concert

Georgia Laster Association of Musicians, Inc. presents their 50th Annual Memorial Concert on Sunday, November 17, 3pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, located at 5840 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056, where  past G.L.A.M., Inc. members Cora McCasker and Lilla Wesley will be remembered.  We will also remember R&B and Gospel Singer Aretha Franklin and Legendary Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson.  This event is free to the public.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Harlem Chamber Players: Please Support Our New Indiegogo Campaign

This is our biggest and most ambitious project to date, and we need your help to make it a huge success!

The Harlem Chambers, in partnership with The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, will present R. Nathaniel Dett's monumental oratorio The Ordering of Moses on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:30 PM. This production will coincide with the two-year Harlem-wide celebration of the Harlem Renaissance Centennial (#HarlemRen100).

This historic performance will feature a full orchestra comprising members of The Harlem Chamber Players, a 100-member choir comprising members of Chorale Le Chateau and other Harlem arts organizations and churches led by IMG artist conductor & composer Damien Sneed. The featured soloists will be Met Opera soprano Brandie Sutton, alto Raehann Bryce-Davis, and Met Opera baritone Justin Austin.

  • The Indiegogo platform is a crowdfunding campaign meant to raise funds online through small and large contributions. (If anyone feels uncomfortable with contributing online, please email us or call 212-866-1492.)
  • Visit our Indiegogo Campaign and contribute. No amount is too small. $10 and $25 contributions add up and will help!
  • Please let others know about our campaign as the more people who give the better chance we have of success!
  • You can either select the BACK IT button to donate, or you can select one of the PERKS to get something for your contribution. Some of the PERKS include:
  • 1 general admission ticket to the June performance at a $60 contribution
  • 2 general admission tickets to the June performance at a $120 contribution
  • 1 VIP ticket at a $150 contribution
  • 2 VIP tickets at a $300 contribution
  • For those who want immediate gratification, we have a special Perk. At $100 you will get a signed copy of our concert host, historian and author Eric K. Washington's latest book and 2 tickets to our November 22 Annual Bach Concert! Only 10 of these are available.

Nathaniel Dett (1882 – 1943) spent much of his life in the United States and composed music around the time of the Harlem Renaissance. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and grew up on the New York side of the falls. He was educated at Oberlin and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y., where he served for two decades as the choir director at the Hampton Institute, the venerable black college in Virginia. He also taught at Lane College in Tennessee and at Lincoln University in Missouri. 

The large-scale classical work tells the Old Testament story of Moses leading the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt and the rejoicing of the liberated people. The story is presented in a continuous dramatic free form that embraces a number of styles, with text including blank verse and rhyme, along with textual references that fuse scripture and folklore. 

The piece is rarely performed because of its large scope. The most recent performance of the work in New York City was in 2014 at Carnegie Hall by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the same orchestra that first premiered the work in 1937. The critic Dwight Bicknell said at the time that “it was the most important contribution to music yet made by a member of the Negro Race.” In his review of the concert in the New Yorker (May 19, 2014), Alex Ross stated:

“This neglected landmark of African-American composition had its world première with Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus at the May Festival in 1937; NBC radio carried a broadcast, but cut it off about ten minutes before the end, alluding to 'previous commitments.' At Carnegie, the conductor James Conlon suggested, in remarks from the stage, that NBC had received complaints from racist listeners. While that speculation is unconfirmed—African-American composers were not unknown on radio at the time, and NBC had featured Florence Price’s First Smphony four years earlier—Dett has certainly been the victim of an injustice. His oratorio, a setting of texts from Exodus with spirituals interwoven, is a startling, potent piece.”

John Malveaux: Ofentse Pitse starts first All Black classical orchestra in Africa

Ofentse Pitse

John Malveaux of 

Ofentse Pitse starts and conducts first All Black classical music orchestra in Africa.  Listen to interview and see pic.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Benjamin Bradham Concert at Lincoln Center Library 2:30 PM Nov. 30

Benjamin Bradham, Pianist
 November 30, 2019                                                                                                                                             

Thirty-two Variations in C minor, WoO 80                                                                       
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in A-flat major, Op.110                                  Ludwig van Beethoven
      Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
      Molto allegro
      Adagio, ma non troppo; Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 
Images, Series I                                                                                                                                  
      Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the Water)                                                                     
      Hommage à Rameau

Six Pieces                                                                                                                                     
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
       Prelude in C minor, Op.23, No.7                                                                                                     
       Prelude in G major, Op.32, No.5
       Prelude in A major, Op.32, No.9
       Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No.5
       Etude-Tableau in A minor, Op.39, No.6, “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”
       Etude-Tableau in D major, Op. 39, No.9

Benjamin Bradham writes:

Dear friends, 

I will be playing a concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 30. Thanksgiving weekend.  Please see the attached flyer for details. 

As the auditorium usually fills quickly, they now give out tickets an hour before they open the doors (doors open at 2 PM). This guarantees a seat, and you can go for snacks, drinks, or view exhibits at the library until doors open.  I hope to see you there.

All the best,

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Eric Conway: Opera @ Morgan presents: Three One-Act Operas


Dr. Eric Conway writes:

Hello all,

This week, Morgan’s Opera program will present THREE ONE-ACT OPERAS:  

GALLANTRY by Douglas Moore
BLUE MONDAY by George Gershwin
A HAND OF BRIDGE by Samuel Barber

We only have four performances:

Thursday, November 14th at 7:30PM
Friday, November 15th at 7:30
Saturday, November 16th at 3PM and 7:30 PM.

Those who have attended our opera productions in the past always marvel at the quality of the voices of our program.  

If your schedule is free, please try to attend any of these performances.  

Tickets are only $15 General Admission and $5 for Faculty and Students.

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Red Clay Dance founder named Harvard Community Impact Scholar

Vershawn Sanders-Ward

The HBS Club of Chicago – Nonprofit Leadership Fund, Community Impact Scholars Pilot Program has sent its first participant to the Harvard Extension School (HES) for leadership development.  This program works along-side our flagship SPNM program. 

Founding Artistic Director and CEO of the Red Clay Dance Company, Vershawn Sanders-Ward, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Community Impact Scholars Program (CISP) of the Non-Profit Leadership Fund’s (NPLF) Community Impact Committee of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago (HBSCC). Advancing the Harvard Business School’s mission, the HBS Club of Chicago looks to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make difference in the Chicago area and provide channels for the club’s members to make a positive impact in the community.

Sanders-Ward, a native of Chicago who earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance from New York University, is the first recipient of the BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago (Gates Millennium Scholar) and is currently a candidate for Dunham Technique Certification. Her work has been represented in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, and internationally in Toronto, Dakar, and Kampala.

The Red Clay Dance Company’s goal is to awaken “global” change through creating, performing, and teaching dances of the African Diaspora with the hope of transforming cultural and socio-economic inequities in local and global communities through:

  • Artistic collaboration through research, investigation, and refinement
  • Employing dance “artivism” as the vehicle to shift cultural and socio-economic imbalances
  • Nurturing “artivists” from novice to professional by providing an authentic pipeline
  • Building global community through strategic partnerships
  • Inspiring audiences to strengthen community through “artivism (art + activism).

“Effective leadership and community engagement should live at the core of an Executive Director/CEO’s work,” said Sanders-Ward. “I believe that this course will provide me with additional tools to serve my organization as an effective leader and will also strengthen our community engagement efforts. I am also most excited about putting the theories around leadership and community engagement into practice and witness how this will impact my organization and the communities we serve.”

The Community Impact Scholar Program provides arts and cultural leaders of nonprofit organizations an exceptional professional experience through fully funded coursework at the Harvard Extension School. In addition to being enrolled in courses offered in the Management Certificate Program at the Harvard Extension School for the Fall 2019 semester, the participants are matched with a peer tutor from the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago and enjoy a weekend on-campus immersion experience at Harvard University in Cambridge.

“The coursework up to the visit was very dense and academic,” added Sanders-Ward, “but meeting my instructors in person and having time to discuss the core topics to the class really helped me frame the practical application of these ideas in to my work with the Red Clay Dance Company. There is an air of deep scholarship floating around Harvard’s campus, but there also appears to be a strong sense that they are shaping the next world leaders. I have attended two very prestigious universities in my educational journey, and I am elated to add Harvard to this list.”

A 2017 Dance/USA Leadership Fellow and a 2013 3Arts awardee, Sanders-Ward earned a 2009 Choreography Award from Harlem Stage NYC. In 2015 and 2018, NewCity Magazine selected her as one of the “50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” Sanders-Ward has served as an adjunct faculty member and received choreographic commissions from Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, Knox College, City College of Chicago, AS220, and the National Theatre in Uganda. She is a board member of Enrich Chicago and was selected to attend the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit for Emerging Global Leaders. Sanders-Ward has had the pleasure of gracing the cover of DEMO, Columbia College Chicago’s Alumni magazine. 

John Malveaux: Listen to Howard Swanson Suite for Cello and Piano Prelude

John Malveaux of 

Cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun (Colorado Mesa University) and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim (Indiana Wesleyan University) have collaborated to develop a program of classical music by composers of African descent to record, tour and heighten awareness of diversity in the European founded genre. MusicUNTOLD will schedule performance dates for the duo in the Los Angeles market May 2020. The program will include cello/piano and solo works by William Grant Still, Howard Swanson,  Michael Abels, Adolphus Hailstork, and T.J. Anderson.  Please see/listen Howard Swanson Suite for Cello and Piano Prelude

John Malveaux: NPR: Gabriela Ortiz's 'Yanga' Makes Its Debut With The LA Philharmonic

                 "Gabriela [Ortiz] is one of the most talented composers in the world," Gustavo Dudamel says. "Not only in Mexico, not only in our continent — in the world."

Courtesy of the artist

El Yanga

John Malveaux of 

Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned and premiered work by Gabriela Ortiz about "Yanga"- African liberator in Mexico who founded the first FREE town for people of African descent in North America.  

Wallace M. Cheatham: New Jubilee Choir Nov. 24, St. Mark A.M.E. Church, Milwaukee

Wallace M. Cheatham writes:

The afternoon will program music by Melville Charlton, William Levi Dawson, Ulysses Kay, and Adolphus Hailstork.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Hyde Park School of Dance: Hip Hop, Ballet & Modern Dance in The Nutcracker Dec. 13–15



Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) brings together fans of ballet, modern, and hip hop with its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with more than 175 dancers—primarily children ages 7 to 18. The cast includes weekly students and members of the school’s pre-professional Studio Company and features high school seniors who have grown up at the school, all supported by hundreds of volunteers. Performances are December 13–15 at Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus, 1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago. 
Staged by HPSD’s founding Artistic Director August Tye, longtime ballet mistress for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute narrated production follows Clara, Fritz, and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and a midnight battle between the Nutcracker’s toy soldiers and the Mouse Queen’s squeaky troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. 

Unlike other versions of this holiday classic, HPSD includes a breakdance battle to showcase the range of dance genres the school offers while sending a message of peace—instead of battling with swords, mice and soldiers tap into the power of hip hop to work out their differences through creative self-expression.
Prior to each performance, the Pre-Ballet Holiday Show showcases some of the school’s younger ballet students in performance. Dancers ages 4 to 7 from HPSD’s Pre-Ballet classes will warm up the stage in what is for many of them their first-ever performance. 
The production also features surprise cameos by local VIPs in the larger-than-life role of Mother Ginger. This year’s Mother Gingers include longtime HPSD parent and past board member Jana French and founding/honorary board member Marilyn Sheperd, whose daughters, Allyson and Gayle Ratliff, are on HPSD’s faculty. Previous guest performers have included Hyde Park Herald Editor Daschell Phillips, Montgomery Place board chair Mike McGarry, former Kenwood Academy High School Principal Dr. Gregory Jones, 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, former State Representative Kimberly DuBuclet, and Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell.

On Friday, December 13, HPSD performs a sold-out abridged version for hundreds of school children, many seeing their first ballet, and senior center residents. The performance is made possible by Hyde Park School of Dance’s Community Engagement program, which also serves the public by offering quality dance instruction in schools, community centers, and park district programs citywide.

Adding a special element to the performance experience, HPSD’s Holiday Bazaar, taking place on site during select performances, offers audience members the opportunity to meet characters from The Nutcracker, finish up their holiday shopping with a wide variety of local vendors, and indulge in hot chocolate and other festive treats. The Holiday Bazaar takes place Saturday, December 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 from noon to 5 p.m.
The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 6 p.m.; 
and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, in Chicago. 

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $10 for children ages 6-18 
and for students with school ID, and free for children 5 and younger.
Special $40 reserved tickets are available for audience members of all ages. 
Tickets and more information are available at 773-493-8498 
Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as the Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry within a community dedicated to the welcoming inclusion of dancers of all races, religions, body types, genders, sexual orientations, and family income backgrounds. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, Hyde Park School of Dance is committed to offering children the chance to experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work, and collaboration in a diverse and supportive environment, cultivating a love of dance and a strength of body, mind, and character that will benefit students throughout their lives.

Photos by Marc Monaghan.
Top: Valerie Lowder as Clara
Middle: Delaney Peet doing the splits
Bottom: Rohana Weaver as the Mouse Queen